Maintenance Engineer I

Maintenance Engineer I

Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center //
Virginia Beach, VA //
Posted on: August 7, 2020 //

The Aquarium Life Support Maintenance Engineer I will be part of a dynamic team that is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center’s 800,000-gallon aquatic life support systems. This position will serve as a work leader and oversee the operation and maintenance of aquarium life support automated controls systems by training and supporting staff on control system operation, construction, maintenance, and programming. Duties will include troubleshooting, repairing, and maintaining aquarium life support automated control systems and control system components. This position will initiate, manage, and complete controls projects and programming of control systems and components; develop scope of work for projects, design control systems and develop budgets for control systems. This position will serve on a rotation for life support and facility operations including weekend duty and is expected to maintain all components of exhibit life support systems by conducting routine and emergency repair. This position will be expected to communicate with staff across functional areas regarding maintenance for each system to maintain the highest animal care standards by collaborating with water quality, veterinary, and animal care staff to ensure the highest standards of animal care and welfare for all animal exhibits and holding/quarantine systems. In addition, this position will assist the Senior Curator of Life Support with supervision of the work of life support staff by assigning and scheduling tasks so that work is completed properly and on time.

Functions & Responsibilities

Essential Functions

Demonstrate commitment to Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center guest experience, mission, vision, and values. Support the guest experience by participating in visitor enhancement development; may lead public programs and tours; serve as a spokesperson on behalf of the Aquarium; and actively seek out guest engagement opportunities. Oversee and perform troubleshooting, repairs and alterations to maintain aquarium life support
automated control system in proper operating order; repair, update, and program existing control system components. Add and integrate additional control systems and components to existing infrastructure. Maintain, test, and resolve defects of control systems programs and components that include networks, operating and alarm software, and programmable logic controllers.
Initiate, manage, and follow-through controls projects to completion and implementation, including assessing control needs with filtration systems, developing scope of work for projects, designing control systems, developing budgets for controls systems, and assisting senior curator with associated financial reporting. Oversee and perform construction and programming of control systems and components. Train life support staff on control system operation, construction, maintenance, and programming control systems.
Maintain exhibit life support systems by conducting routine and emergency maintenance and repair of exhibit and life support components. This includes but is not limited to, fiberglass and concrete structures; waterproofing materials and treatments; piping systems; valves; pumps, filters; tanks.
Regularly examines infrastructure and operations for improvements. Serve on rotation for life support and facility operations weekend duty. Monitor and analyze trends to include recognizing issues and responding per established protocols. Assist with conducting and interpreting water quality tests, analyze data, and assist with corrections as needed. Maintain control system operation, maintenance, and documentation for future reference. Write control systems protocols and procedures to ensure accurate up-to-date standards and state of the art design to enhance the guest experience. Implement performance improvements of control system operation. Utilize a variety of resources to
research animal life support system topics and product information. Maintain the highest standard of work area cleanliness and safety at all times. Collaborate with water quality, veterinary, and animal care staff to ensure the highest standards of animal care and welfare for all animal exhibits and holding/quarantine systems. Assist with management of record keeping for aquarium systems and exhibits using industry standard software. Drive city vehicles to accomplish related activities. May require occasional travel for training and professional development. Perform other job duties requiring skills, knowledge and physical requirements as demanded by those
duties described or less. Individual assignments will be determined by the supervisor based on then current workloads and department needs.

Skills & Experience
Job Requirements
Salary & Benefits
Salary: G.23, $48,443.20 - $71,011.20